From HealthDay News
The fillings and sealants that many dentists use can expose children to the controversial chemical bisphenol A (BPA)
, a new analysis indicates, but such exposure is short-lived and it remains unclear whether or not it poses a long-term health risk.
Although these products do not contain pure BPA, saliva can cause the fillings and sealants to leach. This releases the chemical into the mouth and breaks it down to its pure form, the researchers explained.
While the study authors do not recommend a ban of these dental products with pediatric patients, they caution parents and dentists to take steps that could minimize any potential risks associated with exposure to the ubiquitous chemical, which is found in many plastic products and has been linked to health issues such as male impotence, infant behavioral problems and birth defects.